Russia banned from international ice skating events after Ukraine invasion

days later The Russian invasion of Ukrainethe International Skating Union (ISU) has announced that it is banning all Russian skaters from participating in international skating competitions.

The ISU said in a statement that no skaters from Russia and Belarus “will be invited or allowed to participate in international ice skating competitions, including ISU Championships and other ISU events. “. Belarus is a close ally of Russia.

“The ISU Council will continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the work of the ISU and will take further action if and when necessary,” the ISU said.

The UIS said it was considering IOC call to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes international competitions when making its decision, as well as appeals from ISU members and others. It’s another success for Russian figure skating, less than a month after 15-year-old Kamila Valieva became the the subject of a doping scandal right in the middle of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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The ISU is among many sports organizations that have taken action against Russian athletes or officials in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The FIVB, volleyball’s governing body, said on Tuesday that all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs are “ineligible” to participate in all international and continental events. World Taekwondo, the sport’s international governing body, stripped Russian President Vladimir Putinblack belt and condemned the Russian attacks on Ukraine. FIFA and UEFA Russian national teams and clubs suspended of all international football matches “until further notice”.

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